Asian Community Development Corporation
Janelle Chan is the Acting Executive Director at Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC). She is a community advocate with experience in participatory urban planning, community organizing, resource development, and real estate development and finance. Over the past decade, Janelle has worked with and for the Asian/Asian American community and broader coalitions of color on a wide range of initiatives. At ACDC, Janelle directly manages the Participatory Chinatown project and all other community planning work including the youth leadership development program A-VOYCE; oversees the real estate development pipeline, including the large-scale development of the Parcel 24 mixed-use, mixed-income project in downtown Boston; and manages a real estate portfolio of over $120MM in housing and commercial real estate.
Janelle is a LEED Accredited Professional in sustainable development and received a Master in City Planning with a specialization in Housing, Community, and Economic Development from M.I.T. and a Bachelor's degree in Ethnic Studies and a minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley with highest departmental honors.
Eric Gordon is an assistant professor of new media at Emerson College. His work focuses on place-based digital communities, media and urbanism, and games for civic engagement. He is the author of The Urban Spectator: American Concept Cities from Kodak to Google (Dartmouth College Press, 2009). He edited a special issue of Space and Culture on the topic of "The Geography of Virtual Worlds", exploring the ideas of how location matters even in the most virtual of conditions. On related topics, he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study the use of digital backchannels in the classroom. He continues to explore how these significant shifts in the attention economy are changing the classroom, the community and the city. Visit him at http://www.placeofsocialmedia.com.
Steven Schirra is an instructor in Emerson College's Writing, Literature and Publishing Department. He focuses on the promotion of learning and communication through digital games and the intersection between community discourse and technology.
Bret Kulakovich, UI Designer, has worked as Multimedia Specialist for Academic Computing at Emerson from 1996 to 1999, and later as Application Specialist for ITG. Before returning to Emerson in 2002, Bret was a Partner at Bonfire Productions, where he managed international and domestic projects for top-level executives in the Fortune 500. At Bonfire, he created training curriculum and business process reorganization programs for multimedia teams within client companies.
Bret has a strong production and project management background, and formal design training. He holds a BFA in Photographic and Electronic Imaging from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and has completed his coursework for a masters in Visual Media Arts at Emerson.
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Holly St. Clair is the Director of Data Services at the Boston-region Metropolitan Area Planning Council, overseeing the agency’s activities in the fields of data management, data analysis, research, and public access to data. Ms St. Clair has pioneered the use of advanced decision support tools in Metropolitan Boston, managing a variety of projects that use scenarios modeling, 3-D environments, community indicators, and innovative meeting formats to engage stakeholders in dialogue about policy choices. She spearheaded the creation of the MetroBoston DataCommon, an on-line data portal and interactive web mapper that puts hundreds of data layers at the fingertips of residents, public officials, and advocates who would not otherwise have access to such information. She has experience working with municipalities to incorporate data analysis into planning decisions. Ms. St. Clair holds a Masters degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University, a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy from Boston University, and has training in facilitation and facilitative leadership from the Interaction Institute for Social Change.
Chris Brown is a GIS analyst at MAPC. His primary responsibilities include cartographic design, 3D visualizations, and innovative planning and GIS software collaborations. Mr. Brown comes to MAPC with six years of experience in GIS. He started as a GIS consultant in Connecticut after earning a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Sociology from the University of Connecticut, then earned a Masters degree in GIS at the University of Redlands in Redlands California, where his research focused on Municipal GIS in combination with Public Safety mapping needs to create a full suite of tools for use in daily local emergency management operations. At MAPC, Mr. Brown has successfully facilitated, as GIS lead, visioning workshops for a master planning effort in Malden, MA, a revitalization project in Weymouth Landing, MA (on the border of Weymouth and Braintree), and the creation of a full 3D model of Boston’s Chinatown for the video game to be used in the Participatory Chinatown planning effort.
Mariana Arcaya is a Data Analyst at MAPC, providing statistical analysis and program evaluation support to the Data Services Department. She specializes in spatial and correlated data analysis, and represents MAPC on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Wellness Promotion Advisory Board. Ms. Arcaya is currently working on her doctorate in social epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research interests include health disparities and how urban planning decisions impact chronic disease risks. Ms. Arcaya holds a Masters degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University. In 2006, she co-founded the Interdisciplinary Consortium on Urban Planning and Public Health (ICUPPH), a group that promotes the collaboration of planning and public health professionals in research and practice. Before beginning graduate school, Ms. Arcaya worked as an environmental consultant preparing environmental impact statements for large-scale transportation infrastructure projects.
Christian Spanring works as GIS Analyst at MAPC, where he focuses on introducing modern and mostly Open Source technology to urban planning. Before moving to the Boston area, he worked as GIS specialist at a regional planning and policy consulting organization in Vienna (Austria), as data analyst at the Austrian Road Safety Board and did freelance casual game development. He has studied regional and spatial planning at the Vienna University of Technology and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Bert Snow, VP Design and Content, is a designer with broad perspective that includes game design, graphic and interface design, interactive music, and sculpture. In 1993 he founded Virtual Music, a company that helped invent the music-game genre that now includes hits like Guitar Hero. At Virtual Music, Bert designed several groundbreaking music-gaming titles for the PC and Playstation including Quest for Fame (starring Aerosmith) and Stolen Song (published by Sony in Japan), and an Aerosmith arcade game for Namco Ltd. Virtual Music was acquired by Japanese game company Namco in 2000. At Muzzy Lane, Bert has designed the American Dynasties role-playing game working with documentary film-makers Center for New American Media, the ReFresh prototype of a game about modern marketing, and the company’s first title, Making History, the Calm & the Storm Bert’s game designs have won awards including the League for Innovation Best New Product Award (Making History), Invision Awards Silver Medal for Best Overall Game Design (Quest for Fame) and the E3 Leonardo daVinci Award for product design (Quest for Fame and Virtual Guitar).
Bert also recieved a platinum record for his interactive-design work on the Aerosmith album Nine Lives, and helped design the online interactive-music website MusicPlayground for Namco. He has designed interactive exhibits for The New York Hall of Science and the Children’s Museum, and has taught as a visiting artist at Harvard University. Bert has a BA with highest honors in art from Williams College.